Zinfandel bottles lined-up against a toy fire truck
Varietal of the Month Zinfandel: Varietal of the Month

It’s getting hot in here! So let’s open up all the Zin’s! Although Zinfandel originated in Croatia where it’s known as Tribidrag—the grape is embraced as All-American and has been grown and cultivated in California since the 1800’s. This medium-bodied dry red wine has a range of flavors that include raspberry, blueberry, red and black […]

Marcy Gordon / Jul 1, 2020
Bottles of Pinot Noir on a deck with blocks spelling out Pinot Noir
Varietal of the Month Pinot Noir: Varietal of the Month

Here in Sonoma County, in the Russian River Valley and along the Sonoma Coast, we have some of world’s best vineyards and growing conditions for producing classic Pinot Noir of elegance and complexity.

Marcy Gordon / Jul 27, 2020
Chardonnay bottles in a row on a table with Paradise Ridge,Jigar, Dutton Estate, Sbragia and Gary Farrell
Varietal of the Month Chardonnay: Varietal of the Month

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most planted white grapes. Its many styles, from creamy to bright, oaked or unoaked , make it a versatile choice for a variety of pairings. Chardonnay is typically full to medium in body and acidity with low to no tannins. From bold and rich, to lean and lithe it’s […]

Marcy Gordon / Aug 26, 2020
Bottles-of-Merlot-in-a-row-in-old-bird-bath-with-plants-and-wood-fence-in-background
Varietal of the Month Merlot: Varietal of the Month

After years of being maligned due to the preferences of a grumpy character in the movie Sideways, Merlot is back. Again. Merlot never went away really, it’s just been patiently waiting for you to rediscover its many charms. Dark and inky in in the glass, with soft to medium tannins, Merlot remains one of the […]

Marcy Gordon / Sep 29, 2020
Viognier on the wine road
Varietal of the Month Viognier: Varietal of the Month

Viognier Varietal of the MonthViognier is a full-bodied white wine originally from the Northern Rhone Valley in France. Viognier differs depending on the climate be it cool or warm. Cool climate wines tend towards bright citrus notes, while warm climate wines exhibit deeper floral notes and ripe stone fruit flavors. Flavor and aroma will vary […]

Marcy Gordon / Oct 22, 2021
Malbec on the wine road
Varietal of the Month Malbec: Varietal of the Month

Malbec originated in the Cahors region of France and is one of the building blocks of Boudreaux blends. But Argentina is where the grape developed it’s following and found it’s place in the foothills of the Andes and high elevations sub regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. If you like Cab Franc, […]

Marcy Gordon / Nov 19, 2021
Sparkling wine along the wine road
Varietal of the Month Sparkling: Style of the Month

Nothing makes an occasion more festive than Sparkling Wine. The pop of the cork, the rise of tiny bubbles and the gentle whoosh of foam in the glass—it’s romantic and special. Sparkling wines are not just for holidays and celebrations, they make a fine choice for everyday meals and pair exceptionally well with a variety […]

Marcy Gordon / Dec 13, 2021
Syrah on the wine road
Varietal of the Month Syrah: Varietal of the Month

Syrah, a Rhône varietal, is a medium bodied to full-bodied dry red wine. For many years Syrah was ignored by consumers, it struggled to find it’s place at the table and stylistically many Syrah’s were pushed to the far side of the jam jar. Today winemakers embrace the inherent wild nature of the grape and […]

Marcy Gordon / Jan 21, 2022
Varietal of the Month Sauvignon Blanc: Varietal of the Month

Widely planted and universally loved, Sauvignon Blanc is well known for it’s spiky, lively acidity. Flavors range from lean, green and grassy to creamy with notes of passion fruit and fleshy peach depending on climate and how the wine is aged be it in stainless steel or oak.  Zesty, zippy and zingy –Sauvignon Blanc has swing […]

Marcy Gordon / Feb 18, 2022
Varietal of the Month Zinfandel: Varietal of the Month

Zinfandel is know as the All American grape and has been grown in California since the 1800’s. Yet the grapes true roots are in Croatia where it’s known as Tribidrag. In Italy Zinfandel is called Primitivo. Although the majority of California producers label their wine as Zinfandel, you may see a few Tribidrag’s and Primitiov’s […]

Marcy Gordon / Mar 18, 2022